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Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 18:45:27 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss Rjack <> wrote:
> Alan Mackenzie wrote:
>> In gnu.misc.discuss Rjack <> wrote:
>>> Section 5 of the GPL is legal nonsense.
>> I think you may have mentioned this before, once or twice.
>> The GPL was formulated by experienced lawyers, with good 
>> understanding of copyright and contract law.

> The GPL was formulated by Richard Stallman, a socialist radical who
> had no legal experience whatsoever. As to Stallman's resorting to
> copious legal advice here's some from Law Professor Micheal Davis of
> Clevland State University that Richard chose to ignore in 1999:

Is RMS a socialist?  Maybe so, though that's hardly relevant.  His mate,
ESR is known for being a Libertarian, kind of the extreme opposite.

However, the GPL was formulated by experienced lawyers hired by RMS.  So,
yes you're right there.

[ .... ]

>> Do bear in mind that the law doesn't always mean what it seems to
>> to the legally inexperienced.
>> It seems overwhelmingly likely that you are simply mistaken.

> Does that include the Supreme Court of the United States and the
> federal courts of appeals?

No, "you" here clearly means RJack, and nothing else.

> Sincerely,
> Rjack :)

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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